Do you know how many billionaires there are in the world? The world’s billionaires—only 3,311 individuals—represent almost $11.8 trillion in wealth. The global billionaire population continued to grow in 2021, increasing by 3%. Over the same period, billionaire wealth also increased by 18%. Although the world is in deep crisis, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

Detailed visualization of the billionaire population

Below you can see an infographic from Visual Capitalist that details billionaires from around the world. This map uses data from the Wealth-X Billionaire Census to visualize where the world’s billionaires live and breaks down their collective wealth. It is unbelievable how many rich and powerful people there are among us.

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Billionaires by region

Below you can see how many billionaires live in each region and what their total wealth is. The most billionaires are located in North America, there are a total of 975 billionaires who together own a fortune worth $4.6 trillion.

RegionNumber of billionaires
Collective Billionaire Wealth
North America1,035$4.6 trillion
Europe954$3.1 trillion
Asia899$2.9 trillion
Middle East191$519 billion
Latin America and the Caribbean146$465 billion
Africa46$104 billion
Pacific40$89 billion

15 States with the Most Billionaires

CountryNumber of Billionaires
Collective Billionaire Wealth
US975$4.45 trillion
China400$1.45 trillion
Germany176$602 billion
India124$384 billion
UK120$266 billion
Hong Kong SAR114$287 billion
Switzerland111$365 billion
Russia107$475 billion
Saudi Arabia71$192 billion
France68$294 billion
Italy68$207 billion
Canada60$131 billion
Brazil52$159 billion
Singapore50$99 billion
UAE45$181 billion

15 cities with the most billionaires

Number of Billionaires
New York CityU.S.138
Hong KongChina114
San FranciscoU.S.85
Los AngelesU.S.59
São PauloBrazil34

It is not yet certain how the situation with the number of billionaires and the size of their wealth will develop. Since rich people also have great power, it is expected that their wealth will continue to grow in the future.

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